Architectural artist Aleksander "Olek" Novak-Zemplinski, co-founder of bioLINIA, has walked away with the first-place prize in the 2008 Dwell Wacom Live Eco-Design Rendering Challenge, a real-time architectural drawing contest held at this year's Dwell on Design Conference in Los Angeles. Digital artist and designer Mark Goerner placed second. According to the judges, the top two winners best met the competition criteria of creativity, aesthetics, light, flow, eco-friendly efficiency, layout, and adherance to cost parameters.

Seven of L.A.'s top design-rendering professionals competed in the rendering challenge. The exercise consisted of two 45-minute rounds of drawing on Wacom Cintiq Interactive Pen Display monitors. The monitors projected designs onto a 32-foot octagonal array of high-definition plasma screens so audience members could see sketches as they were created.

Competitors produced 2-D renderings of sustainable and modular homes and room designs that adhered to Dwell design principles, among them using green technologies for energy efficiency, incorporating ample natural light and color, restricting building costs to less than $300,000, and limiting total square footage to 3,000 square feet.

Judges were: Hernan Diaz-Alonso, principal, Xefirotarch, and professor at SCI-Arc; Paul Petrunia, founder of Archinect; Scott Robertson, New Media department chair, Art Center College of Design; Max Crome, principal, Crome Architecture; Geoff Manaugh, senior editor, Dwell; Santino Medina, Gehry Technologies | Los Angeles; and Jeffrey Daniels, AIA, Jeffrey Daniels Architects.